Rita Koehler completed her MFA at Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston). Her work is multi-disciplinary addressing the world of mass media and political hegemony through the psychological and theological worlds of inquiry. Koehler situates herself as artist in the debate of what constitutes an intelligible life- one that is speakable, has meaning, and is valued- by focusing on an ethics of non-violent representation.
Koehler's work has been exhibited throughout the country, notably Albuquerque, NM; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Orange County, CA; Long Island, NY; Fort Collins, CO; Indianapolis, Bloomington, and South Bend, IN as well as featured in Fraction Magazine and Focal Point. The body of work Rite of Ordinary: Interior Indiana is in the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute Gallery, The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN.
Koehler recently completed residencies at the Center Program, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago and 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM. Her recent body of work, Xenia, focuses on vowed religious women in the Roman Catholic Church and their role in transforming the hierarchical church. Koehler makes her home with her spouse in South Bend, Indiana.